Active seniors form new club

News May 17, 2016 by Colleen Toms Brant News

At an age when many people retire and settle down to a life of ease, a group of local seniors are paddling, pedaling and backpacking their way through some of the area’s most beautiful outdoor terrains.

“We just want to be outdoors,” Paris resident Anne Poland said. “Lots of seniors want to be active and there is no real outlet for that.”

Poland and three other women aged 55 and up recently launched a new active seniors outing club called Brant Pedalers and Paddlers to offer another element to activities provided to seniors in the area.

“There are more people our age, over 55, than under 30 right now,” Janine Heather said. “That’s what they told us at CARP.”

Poland recently returned to her hometown of Paris after a 45-year absence.

“One of the reasons for coming back in addition to family, was because I knew Paris had all these recreational activities and because I had done them a lot in Quebec, I wanted to start doing them here, which I was doing to some extent on my own,” she said.

The idea to form the club was sparked after she saw a similar group from Kitchener launching kayaks into the Grand River in Glen Morris.

“I think the impetus for me was I wanted to kayak but I would not do it on the Grand River by myself,” Poland said.

The not-for-profit club is geared towards active seniors that want to make the most of what Brant and surrounding areas have to offer recreationally.

“I cycled with two other members this morning and we went out to The Windmill in Mt. Pleasant,” Poland said. “We were at a very leisurely pace because I was with two women who had never done it before. We’re just out there to enjoy the day and flowers – it was gorgeous.”

Whether they are paddling, pedaling, hiking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, the seniors are proving a love of outdoor activities doesn’t diminish with age.

To date about 24 members have signed on to the club. Poland serves as chair, Heather is treasurer and membership, Carol Ritchie is co-chair, and Grace Telfer is secretary.

The group has attracted people from newly retired into their late 70s, male and female. Couples are also encouraged to join for a reduced membership fee.

The group plans to span out across the area to raise awareness of the club and attract more membership. A kiosk will be set up at Springtime in Paris, The Wellness Fair in Burford, and brochures have been dropped at The Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre and the Brantford Seniors Resource Centre.

“I think overall we’re extremely pleased with the reception and the county has been so supportive,” Ritchie said.

With a membership to Brant Pedalers and Paddlers, seniors receive a discount on punch cards for fitness and aquatic programs offered by the County of Brant.

“Anything that’s supported by the county through parks and rec is discounted,” Ritchie said.

Membership fees cost $20 for individuals and $35 for couples. Outings vary in difficulty and times to suit the levels of participants.

“Wednesdays are canoe and kayaking days and Thursday is cycling day,” Poland said. “Because we are just starting we really want to be open to what people want.”

Canoe and kayak outings are led at the beginner/intermediate levels and include mandatory water safety training for anyone that has not had prior experience. Safety is very important to the club and people must sign waivers when they join.

Extended day trips will also be organized, in addition to social activities. For more information visit www.brantpandp.ca or www.brant.ca.

Active seniors form new club

Brant Pedalers and Paddlers enable seniors to enjoy group activities outdoors

News May 17, 2016 by Colleen Toms Brant News

At an age when many people retire and settle down to a life of ease, a group of local seniors are paddling, pedaling and backpacking their way through some of the area’s most beautiful outdoor terrains.

“We just want to be outdoors,” Paris resident Anne Poland said. “Lots of seniors want to be active and there is no real outlet for that.”

Poland and three other women aged 55 and up recently launched a new active seniors outing club called Brant Pedalers and Paddlers to offer another element to activities provided to seniors in the area.

“There are more people our age, over 55, than under 30 right now,” Janine Heather said. “That’s what they told us at CARP.”

Poland recently returned to her hometown of Paris after a 45-year absence.

“One of the reasons for coming back in addition to family, was because I knew Paris had all these recreational activities and because I had done them a lot in Quebec, I wanted to start doing them here, which I was doing to some extent on my own,” she said.

The idea to form the club was sparked after she saw a similar group from Kitchener launching kayaks into the Grand River in Glen Morris.

“I think the impetus for me was I wanted to kayak but I would not do it on the Grand River by myself,” Poland said.

The not-for-profit club is geared towards active seniors that want to make the most of what Brant and surrounding areas have to offer recreationally.

“I cycled with two other members this morning and we went out to The Windmill in Mt. Pleasant,” Poland said. “We were at a very leisurely pace because I was with two women who had never done it before. We’re just out there to enjoy the day and flowers – it was gorgeous.”

Whether they are paddling, pedaling, hiking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, the seniors are proving a love of outdoor activities doesn’t diminish with age.

To date about 24 members have signed on to the club. Poland serves as chair, Heather is treasurer and membership, Carol Ritchie is co-chair, and Grace Telfer is secretary.

The group has attracted people from newly retired into their late 70s, male and female. Couples are also encouraged to join for a reduced membership fee.

The group plans to span out across the area to raise awareness of the club and attract more membership. A kiosk will be set up at Springtime in Paris, The Wellness Fair in Burford, and brochures have been dropped at The Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre and the Brantford Seniors Resource Centre.

“I think overall we’re extremely pleased with the reception and the county has been so supportive,” Ritchie said.

With a membership to Brant Pedalers and Paddlers, seniors receive a discount on punch cards for fitness and aquatic programs offered by the County of Brant.

“Anything that’s supported by the county through parks and rec is discounted,” Ritchie said.

Membership fees cost $20 for individuals and $35 for couples. Outings vary in difficulty and times to suit the levels of participants.

“Wednesdays are canoe and kayaking days and Thursday is cycling day,” Poland said. “Because we are just starting we really want to be open to what people want.”

Canoe and kayak outings are led at the beginner/intermediate levels and include mandatory water safety training for anyone that has not had prior experience. Safety is very important to the club and people must sign waivers when they join.

Extended day trips will also be organized, in addition to social activities. For more information visit www.brantpandp.ca or www.brant.ca.

Active seniors form new club

Brant Pedalers and Paddlers enable seniors to enjoy group activities outdoors

News May 17, 2016 by Colleen Toms Brant News

At an age when many people retire and settle down to a life of ease, a group of local seniors are paddling, pedaling and backpacking their way through some of the area’s most beautiful outdoor terrains.

“We just want to be outdoors,” Paris resident Anne Poland said. “Lots of seniors want to be active and there is no real outlet for that.”

Poland and three other women aged 55 and up recently launched a new active seniors outing club called Brant Pedalers and Paddlers to offer another element to activities provided to seniors in the area.

“There are more people our age, over 55, than under 30 right now,” Janine Heather said. “That’s what they told us at CARP.”

Poland recently returned to her hometown of Paris after a 45-year absence.

“One of the reasons for coming back in addition to family, was because I knew Paris had all these recreational activities and because I had done them a lot in Quebec, I wanted to start doing them here, which I was doing to some extent on my own,” she said.

The idea to form the club was sparked after she saw a similar group from Kitchener launching kayaks into the Grand River in Glen Morris.

“I think the impetus for me was I wanted to kayak but I would not do it on the Grand River by myself,” Poland said.

The not-for-profit club is geared towards active seniors that want to make the most of what Brant and surrounding areas have to offer recreationally.

“I cycled with two other members this morning and we went out to The Windmill in Mt. Pleasant,” Poland said. “We were at a very leisurely pace because I was with two women who had never done it before. We’re just out there to enjoy the day and flowers – it was gorgeous.”

Whether they are paddling, pedaling, hiking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, the seniors are proving a love of outdoor activities doesn’t diminish with age.

To date about 24 members have signed on to the club. Poland serves as chair, Heather is treasurer and membership, Carol Ritchie is co-chair, and Grace Telfer is secretary.

The group has attracted people from newly retired into their late 70s, male and female. Couples are also encouraged to join for a reduced membership fee.

The group plans to span out across the area to raise awareness of the club and attract more membership. A kiosk will be set up at Springtime in Paris, The Wellness Fair in Burford, and brochures have been dropped at The Wayne Gretzky Sports Centre and the Brantford Seniors Resource Centre.

“I think overall we’re extremely pleased with the reception and the county has been so supportive,” Ritchie said.

With a membership to Brant Pedalers and Paddlers, seniors receive a discount on punch cards for fitness and aquatic programs offered by the County of Brant.

“Anything that’s supported by the county through parks and rec is discounted,” Ritchie said.

Membership fees cost $20 for individuals and $35 for couples. Outings vary in difficulty and times to suit the levels of participants.

“Wednesdays are canoe and kayaking days and Thursday is cycling day,” Poland said. “Because we are just starting we really want to be open to what people want.”

Canoe and kayak outings are led at the beginner/intermediate levels and include mandatory water safety training for anyone that has not had prior experience. Safety is very important to the club and people must sign waivers when they join.

Extended day trips will also be organized, in addition to social activities. For more information visit www.brantpandp.ca or www.brant.ca.